The Earlton-Timiskaming Regional Airport will use $318,000 in federal funding to complete upgrades that will help beef up security and encourage economic development.
FedNor announced the funding on Jan. 10. In a news release, the funding agency said the money would “support the Earlton-Timiskaming Regional Airport Authority’s efforts to construct six cost-efficient T-hangers to meet immediate and future demand for business development and expansion, as well as aircraft storage.
“This investment will also be used to upgrade the runway’s lighting systems and install new fueling stations with a cardlock security system that provides patrons with safe and secure access to refueling facilities 24 hours a day.”
Carman Kidd, airport chair and mayor of the City of Temiskaming Shores, called the airport upgrades a “priority project,” which are included in the community’s strategic plan.
"This priority project will allow us to implement key elements of our strategic plan, which includes creating a business park that will accommodate commercial and industrial tenants,” Kidd said.
“The Earlton-Timiskaming Regional Airport is a key economic and transportation hub for our region and I’m pleased that the Government of Canada is investing to upgrade this important regional asset."
Established in 1937, the airport is located 2.5 kilometres west of the community of Earlton and is owned and operated by the Corporation of the Township of Armstrong.
It has an asphalt runway, measuring 5,998 feet long, and a gravel runway, measuring 3,019 feet.
There is currently no scheduled passenger service at the airport; however, there is an active charter market.